The Perilous State of the University: Jonathan Haidt & Jordan B Peterson

Dr. Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto and is most renowned for his book “12 Rules for life” which has sold at least 3 million copies worldwide in a considerable number of languages. More information is available on

Although this interview/discussion is a year and a half old, I think it is still highly relevant, both for universities and society at large.

Peterson writes this about the interview:

I recently traveled to New York University to talk with Dr. Jonathan Haidt about, among other things, disgust, purity, fear and belief; the perilous state of the modern university; and his work with Heterodox Academy ( an organization designed to draw attention to the lack of diversity of political belief in the humanities and the social sciences. Dr. Haidt is Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business and a social psychologist. He studies the psychology of morality and the moral emotions. He has been described as a top global thinker by both Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.

Dr. Haidt is the author of three books:

  • The newest is The Coddling of the American Mind: How Bad Ideas and Good Intentions are Setting up a Generation for Failure (
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (

His writings on diversity viewpoint for the Heterodox Academy are at (…)

Jordan Peterson and Jonathan Haidt

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